March 3, 2011 — No time to fit in a reflexology session before jetting off to an important business meeting? VIP and business jet passengers who want to make the most of their flying time can now book a range of relaxation and beauty treatments to take place on the aeroplane thanks to Beauty Air.

The company is exhibiting for the first time at Aircraft Interiors Expo this year, which takes place from 5 – 7 April in Hamburg, in the dedicated German Pavilion for Young & Innovative Companies. Beauty Air’s treatments include reflexology and neck and shoulder massages to relax and energise passengers before they arrive at their destination. The company’s trained flight attendants and beauticians can also be booked to help passengers prepare for events such as photoshoots and personal appearances.

Beauty Air is also planning to set up spa outlets within airports so that passengers can book treatments during their waiting time before they board a flight.

An important aviation trend in the last few years has been the increased use of composite and hybrid materials inside aircraft. This is beginning to have a significant impact on maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) processes, according to another German Pavilion exhibitor, NobleTek. The company says this trend, combined with airlines seeking ways to minimise the amount of down time aircraft experience while being overhauled, is prompting MRO providers to come up with more efficient processes.

NobleTek is launching an innovative product for the MRO market in Hamburg. It has developed an application with maintenance and repair instructions for cabin interior monuments, such as overhead storage bins and galleys, that runs from an Apple iPad. The document management system is highly accurate as it accesses the latest database of relevant information; the progress of each project can also be tracked online. The idea is based on the SIEMENS Teamcenter MRO solution, and NobleTek estimates that MRO process times could be reduced by 25 percent using this technology.

Other exhibitors in the pavilion include F.S.P. which creates both paper and non-woven material products such as non-skid traymats, hot towels, napkins and pillow and headrest covers for the airline industry. The company supplies traymats and napkins made from a clever new material called Top Tex; this is 100 percent compostable, making it better for the environment, but it is also latex free meaning it is suitable for allergy sufferers too.

Eight exhibitors have been accepted to appear in Aircraft Interiors Expo’s first German Pavilion which is located in Hall B4. Each company is receiving financial support from a scheme run by the German Government to help young German firms to promote their products and services at accredited trade fairs.

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (the BMWi) now includes Aircraft Interiors Expo among its respected list of international trade fairs. A number of criteria had to be met for the exhibiting companies to qualify for the scheme which subsidises 80 per cent of the cost of exhibiting at an event. Other German Pavilion exhibitors include Aircraft Technics HAM, Capable Technologies, Gurucad, MBA Electronic Systems and Wiko-Technik.

Aircraft Interiors Expo Exhibition Director, Katie Murphy, said: “It is great to see such a diverse range of cabin interiors suppliers participating in our first dedicated German Pavilion for Young & Innovative Companies. The exhibition offers them all a wonderful opportunity to increase their profile in the aircraft interiors industry; we hope that other potential pavilion exhibitors will visit the event this year and then apply to join next year’s pavilion.”